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- verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of
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You may view them also in the light of establishments for the manufacture and distribution of domestic perfumery, payment for which is never exacted at the moment of its involuntary purchase, but is left to be collected by a doctor, -- who calls upon you during the winter, levies on you with a lancet, and distrains upon your viscera with a compound cathartic pill.
The snuff-taker who carries no snuff-box is aware of this -- and woe to the box into which his fingers gain admission to levy the pinch his nose distrains upon.
In distress, God expects we should cry to him; he distrains upon us for this tribute, this rent.